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Geekazine Original – Blogworld Bound

Geekazine Original – Blogworld Bound

O.K. I was a little bored tonight, so I put together a song for this next week’s Blogworld – New Media Expo. It’s only a few days away and I am pumped to meet and learn (and relax a bit). Are you going to the show? Let me know. I get there on Wednesday, so we could easily meet up for a “Pre Blogworld drink”. If someone has a guitar with them, I might just pull out the song again. This time with a little bit of practice. After all, I’m a drummer – not a Guitar playing Harmonica hasher…. But for now, here’s an unofficial Blogworld song. If you want to sing along: Doesn’t matter if I got no money. Doesn’t matter at all. I set me a path and now I’m heading down this road. (cause I’m)Blogworld bound – That’s where I’m gonna be. And baby...

Geeks from the Rear View

Geeks from the Rear View

Last week I decided to put a call out to have people take a shot of their rear-view or side-view mirror and send to me. It all started simply because a friend of mine – Sean Kelley – inspired me to find out what is in people’s rear-view windows. I also asked them what they used to take the picture, which interestingly enough is not as many camera phones as I would think. I decided to put this into a Gallery of Rear View moments. These are the result – I hope you like it.

Morning Coffee: Then and Now – Bitstrips

Morning Coffee: Then and Now – Bitstrips

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a Bitstrips. Today I was inspired. Me and my brother really enjoy going to breakfast every now and then. What was better – there was a restaurant that actually had Wi-Fi access. Therefore, we both would take our laptops and surf while eating. That was two weeks ago. Now we have smartphones that have wireless access. Of course, I have the iPhone 3GS and he has the Blackberry 8330. So why do we need the Notebooks? Heck – we can go to any place that serves breakfast because the Wi-Fi access selling point is null. The only thing we cannot do is run any program that requires Flash. That means no Bitstripping while at breakfast with the phone. So we still need the computers and access at one point. That is, until we get netbooks with 3G access….

Day 2 – the iPhone

Day 2 – the iPhone

What a difference a day makes…. Apps Well, not really. I am still happy with my purchase. Last night I spent some time working out some of the settings. I also have been getting apps for the phone. The Bug Spray app was not that great. Was really razzing people with the iHandgun app. Drum Kit Lite to rock out and of course Pandora for music.  Can’t forget Stitcher for downloading podcasts (BTW – PODCASTERS – you need to make sure you are on Stitcher). Oh yeah – Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Just so you know, I haven’t paid for any apps yet. I want to get a handle on the store before I started getting the Beer app. Batterrrrrrryyyy….. In 6 hours, I pretty much had to put it back on the charger. I haven’t found a car charger yet – I want a retractable cord charger....

Day 1 – the iPhone

Day 1 – the iPhone

As you might have heard, I made the decicion to get an iPhone. I looked over all the smartphones – especially those with windows mobile on them (I still have a spot for the good old mobile). The one phone I wanted just didn’t seem to be going in the direction of the standard Smartphone. The screen was too small and the buttons separated. Little round dots that you need a pin to use. Not what I had in mind. Therefore, I logged on, found out the iPhone was available right now, and made an impulse buy. Well, not really an impulse buy. Yet, this was definitely out of character. What I like about the iPhone 3GS The biggest improvement to me was somehow, the touch sensativity was a lot better. I could actually hit the keys on the glass keyboard and get what I was typing. There...

Studio Test 1 – The Green Screen

Studio Test 1 – The Green Screen

I have been working hard in getting the new studio up and running. Today was the first day I could really test it. Therefore, with Logitech 9000 webcam in hand, I put together the first video. I brought it upstairs and tested out the new video editing equipment. Amazingly, it really handled the bad light to make the green screen work. I can’t wait to actually put in real lighting. At first I thought of not posting this video, but ya know…. I worked hard at this. Therefore, it went up on TVazine. Here is the first test video down in the Cave – er I mean Studio.

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It

So, Naturally, the First Thing I DId Was Break It

Then I fixed it. The new laptop arrived Friday afternoon. I spend Friday afternoon and evening doing basic configuration and Saturday fine-tuning it.

Let the Phone Wars Begin – Bitstrips

Let the Phone Wars Begin – Bitstrips

The next few weeks are going to be do or die for the Palm Pre. With it’s release of June 6th, we will see if this new phone from Palm is going to be able to stand up to the Apple iPhone. Especially when the new 3.0 version comes out by the end of the month. iPhone has had a very strong showing. It knocked down Motorola’s RAZR and brought the world of Smartphones to the forefront of mobile technology. You can pretty much do anything you need on the phone from take photos, to record and listen to music, check mail and even turn your life over to this amazing device. That is, if you can afford the mobile plan. Palm has been around for over 10 years in handheld organizers. There have been some reorganizations of the company – changing to PalmOne, for example. Nonetheless, Palm...

Geekazine Podcast Ep 89 – 6-03-09 – Homeless edition

Geekazine Podcast Ep 89 – 6-03-09 – Homeless edition

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSShorter show because still at the old Place. I’ll tell you why – TVazine videos doing well – Weekend in Grand Rapids – Summer of Geekazine Contest going on. Win an Epson Artisan 700. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on Delicious Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Android II – T-Mobile announcement Apple Sued – Actus has Electronic Tokens Kindle buys E-INK Google’s new Search Appliance News from E3 –PSPgo –Wii Pacemaker – Everyone wants to be a Wii – Natal JOTW – Three lead programmers of Google decide to jump ship and apply at Yahoo. They tell...

Finish the Strip – Bitstrips

Finish the Strip – Bitstrips

This week I thought I would do something different for Bitstrips: A Caption Contest. It all started when I got the weirdest text message on my phone. I searched the Acronym database for what it could mean, but was stumped. Sometimes I think people are TOO lazy. Nonetheless it got me thinking – what would be the strangest SMSA (SMS Acronym) that you could get. Would you lol or say wtf?

Podcast Ep 88 – 5-27-09 – Last Week Here

Podcast Ep 88 – 5-27-09 – Last Week Here

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week in this place. I ate a lot of Brats this last weekend. Goodbye to friend ‘Supergirl’. Show Prep on Google Docs. Still need an iPhone App developer. Take the Geekazine Podcast Survey Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Put Your Financials into order – Edward Jones All Show Notes are also on http://delicious.com/geekazine/88 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News) Lenovo S12 on ION Kumo or Bing – Microsoft in a transition The 10 TB Disc – All your music and movies on a DVD Win 7 Netbook Strategy Rethought iPhone Painting on cover of New Yorker Hulu LIVE – Dave Matthews Concert is the first Aneesh Chopra CTO – Senate approves Apple Accepts Eucalyptus –...

Moving – Bitstrips Style

Moving – Bitstrips Style

This week it’s all about packing and moving. Got the living room all straightened out. The Kitchen was easy. The bathroom just needs to be cleaned. But what could be left? OH YEAH. The computer stuff. It becomes an interesting ritual of what I am going to keep and what is going to Goodwill. Computers themselves are not accepted there, so I have to find other means for them. Really, the best thing is to strip them and dispose of them in a proper mannor. I thought at one time of turning motherboards into things like art and clocks, but then I realized with all the harmful chemicals on a motherboard, would that be wise? Plus I would have to take time to build clocks and I really don’t want to do that. The most interesting thing is the cables. You know – you needed that one special...

Duke Nukem – Bitstrips

Duke Nukem – Bitstrips

This week I take Bitstrips to a new level and give a proper send off for the game Duke Nukem. 3-D Realms closed it’s doors last week. Although I don’t think it will keep the next version of the Duke Nukem franchise down (After all, Take Two Entertainment still owns rights to it), it will definitely add to the “Wait” time of the newest version of game. We’ve been waiting since 2001. Duke Nukem was best known for Topping Year end Vaporware lists of Duke Nukem Forever as the “Game that never was”. There was some resurgence this last year, but that all ended when 3D Realms said they will be closing the company due to the economy. Therefore, in tribute, we give you the Duke Nukem: Bitstrips style. Better yet, here is the video on how I created the strip.

Star Trek Review

Star Trek Review

Not too many movies can get away with rewriting the franchises’ history without people grumbling left and right. JJ Abrams did just that. And best part – it made sense. I didn’t go to the IMAX . I decided that it was best just to see it in the theater. I wasn’t dissapointed. Yeah, at first I was getting a little preturbed as to how they were trompling over the timeline like a mad rush to a 50% off sale. Once the story started to unfold, it all made sense. It also made sense why Leonard Nimoy was in this movie and William Shatner was not. Story was about the beginnings of the crew – Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Sulu, Uhura and Chekov. In the first 5 minutes we witness the birth of James Tiberius Kirk and introduce the Romulan “Nero”. The Romulans were in search for Spock...

The 10 Commandments of iPhone – Bitstrips

The 10 Commandments of iPhone – Bitstrips

Commandment #1 – Thou shalt maketh thine iPhone App compatible doth 3.0 versions…. OK, it does make sense – If you make an iPhone app or if you want to keep the iPhone app in the store, you must update it for the new version of the software. For some, it may not need any real updates – just someone to test and say; “Yeah, it’s 3.0 compatible.” It does get frustrating when you look through something like Firefox plugins and see an add-on that hasn’t been updated in a very long while. Even the plugins for this site: sometimes you have to watch what you install, or else you might just break the system. Therefore, we submit this: These 1 Bitstrips for you all to obey… or at least get a chuckle out of.

Twitter Novelists – Bitstrips

Twitter Novelists – Bitstrips

You only get 140 characters. How do you get your point across in that amount? Well, sometimes, you have to make some sacrifices. Great becomes Gr8. Punctuation sometimes is taken out. message names and hashtags are implemented. Proper grammer is – well, not proper twitter. This weeks Bitstrips takes us to Twitter U, where you can learn all the cool terms the kids are using today.

How I Made It – Bitstrips

How I Made It – Bitstrips

The other day I decided to play with the Beta version of CamStudio. The new beta version seems to be more stable and very useful. I like it a lot. What I decided to do was record this week’s Bitstrips – a how to model. I created a simple face on the site. However, I used a method a lot of Bitstrippers are applying. It’s called the “Moon Method”, or what I like to call “Moonwalking”. Basically, you use the Moon Prop to create art. The best part about this program is that you sometimes have to find ways around the art to create what you want. A good example was last weeks’ Segway article. And of course, this weeks Moonwalking comic. It’s not much the picture as it is the accompanying video. The background music is by a band called “Sunspot“. It’s my favorite SS song –...

Bandwidth Caps – Bitstrips

Bandwidth Caps – Bitstrips

It’s gotten really obvious that soon, unlimited Internet will be the thing of the past. As we get into faster speeds, it will be easier to download more and let friends connect up to download more. In the next 2 years the average persons’ internet usage will go up significantly. This cap hurts those who work hard to keep you entertained on the Internet. While you won’t just get disconnected (well, unless your a Comcast customer), you will find the Internet will mimic your cell phone plan – overage fees to total in the hundreds or even thousands depending on what you do. It might even affect little mom and pop shops like Geekazine. Think about it. If you ration your internet, you might find sites that have all the content you need and not specialty stuff. Even a site like Bitstrips can see some loss in users...

Castgrabber – Geekazine Video Review

Castgrabber – Geekazine Video Review

This week’s review is for the CastGrabber – an internet appliance that takes valid RSS feeds and uploads podcasts to your MP3 player. This video shows you a little about how the CastGrabber works. I also talk about the good and the bad – well, more of a wishlist to this Standalone Podcast downloader. One great feature of the CastGrabber is the fact you can connect most any type of MP3 player and get your podcasts. I connected an iPod, then a couple different generic MP3 players. Even my 64 Meg Creative MP3 player from 2002 worked like a champ! Price tag may be a bit much and I wished it had not only wireless, but some other items I talk about in the video. Nonetheless, it’s a great “Set it and forget it” type of item. Here is the video review for the Cast Grabber.

My New GM Segway – Bitstrips

My New GM Segway – Bitstrips

I got a Segway… and you didn’t…. Well, not really. But wouldn’t it be cool to have one of the new GM Segways proposed? You could really be tooling down the street, lookin cool, having everyone look at you. This Segway seems a little more feesable than the stand up model. Only problem is if you have to haul anything more than a briefcase and your are pretty much out of luck.  Not to mention if it starts to rain or snow. Still, to be able to tool around in a Segway would be cool . Hopefully it will be part of GM’s future. Then again, it could be a puff of smoke as a hardware version of Vaporware. Nonetheless, here is this weeks Bitstrips – My Segway.

Old Ideas Meet New – Bitstrips

Old Ideas Meet New – Bitstrips

I don’t watch too much too much TV anymore. I just have a few shows I want to keep up on. A lot of that is online anyway – I just have to wait a few hours and BAM! I am watching all my shows. My TV is still an older 27″. No VCR, DVD or Tivo attached. I am usually too busy to even watch a movie and I am good with that. Not that I am knocking anyone that does watch TV, I just have pretty much taken it out of my life. If I want to watch sports, I usually want to watch with friends, which means going down to the local tavern. We don’t need the theatre experience. When I do watch TV, I cannot believe how many times I still have to see the DTV conversion ticker. Our area did the smart thing...

Happy Anniverthday to Bitstrips and Thomas

Happy Anniverthday to Bitstrips and Thomas

It was a Double Whammy this week. Earlier, one of my favorite play websites – Bitstrips – celebrated a 1 year anniversary. At the same time, Thomas – author over at Dorkazine – celebrated a birthday. It was a lot more than a year and we won’t say how old he is, only that he achieved the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything (If you ever read Hitchhiker, you’ll know).

I LUV U in the Snow

I LUV U in the Snow

At first I was going to post this on Dorkazine – since it was kinda Dorky. However, I noticed that someone took the time to turn a couple tire marks in the snow to this picture. So enjoy this picture up on Geekazine. It might just be the last snowfall of the season (hopefully).

Waiting for Rock Band – Bitstrips

Waiting for Rock Band – Bitstrips

Getting back into the regular swing of things – this week we focus on the Rock Band. It apparently will not be as hard to get on the game system as it was to get into an iTunes library. Still, September 9th is the magic date. So get those drum sticks ready, polish up the boards and here they come – the Beatles. Well… soon…. ITM – here is a little Bitstrip I created for the moment

UClick Has Garfield minus Garfield App for iPhone

UClick Has Garfield minus Garfield App for iPhone

Here may be another Application that could be downloaded, then collect dust. It’s an Application to get the popular cult comic: “Garfield Minus Garfield”. It’s a comic where Dan Walsh removed Garfield from all the comic strips. Therefore we see Jon pretty much talking to himself. What started as a humorous bit between friends turned into a big item and rebirth of the popular comic strip. Jon will now mostly be standing by himself saying things that are even more funny when there is not a cat nearby. Uclick provides humor, comic strips, manga, graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and other content for desktop, web and mobile phones. The company also produces crosswords and other puzzles.

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